Yeast Infection Skin Rash (cont.)
Are There Home Remedies for a Yeast Infection Skin Rash?
Most candidal infections can be treated at home with over-the-counter or prescription medication and can clear up within a week. If some other disease has weakened a person's immune system, the person should consult a doctor about new symptoms before attempting self-treatment because of the risk of infection.
When using a nonprescription vaginal medicine for a vaginal yeast infection, follow the directions on the package insert. In addition, symptoms and signs may also be eased with some home remedies.
- Vaginal yeast infections
- Most women can treat vaginal yeast infections at home with nonprescription vaginal creams or suppositories.
- A single dose of a prescription fluconazole (Diflucan) also cures most vaginal yeast infections.
- Eat a balanced diet. Foods with lactobacillus organisms, such as yogurt or acidophilus milk, may help maintain healthy vaginal pH.
- Use pads instead of tampons while using nonprescription vaginal medicines.
- Avoid using soap when cleaning the vaginal area and rinse with water only.
- If sexual intercourse is painful, avoid it. Otherwise, use a water-soluble lubricating jelly (such as K-Y Jelly) to reduce irritation.
- If the genital area is swollen or painful, sit in warm water (a sitz bath) or use a cool, damp cloth on the area.
- For oral thrush, swish the antifungal agent nystatin (Bio-Statin, Mycostatin, Nilstat) around in the mouth and then swallow the liquid. Maintain good oral hygiene.
- All objects put into a child's mouth should be washed or sterilized before and after each use.
- Breastfeeding mothers should be evaluated for Candida infection of the breast.
- Dentures should be cleaned thoroughly after each use, and denture wearers should practice good oral hygiene.
- In addition to nystatin, adults and older children have several treatment options not available to babies, such as troches (antifungal lozenges) or pills such as fluconazole (Diflucan) to help clear the infection instead of nystatin.
- Skin and diaper rash
- Clotrimazole (Lotrimin) creams and lotions can be applied to superficial skin infections. Other medications require a prescription and a visit to a doctor.
- Other antifungal creams, such as ketoconazole (Nizoral), which is available by prescription, are helpful as well, but work no better than over-the-counter preparations such as clotrimazole.
- For paronychia, avoiding moisture can be useful. Oral itraconazole (Sporanox) or fluconazole (Diflucan) also can be helpful and can be prescribed by a doctor. Topical antifungal and topical corticosteroids are also used.
- Perlèche is treated with topical antiyeast or antifungal agents and often with a mild corticosteroid cream. Limit lip licking of the corners of the mouth. Placing a bit of petroleum jelly on top of the antiyeast agents can be helpful, as well.
- The affected area should be kept clean and dry.
- For diaper rashes, frequent diaper changes and the use of barrier creams speed recovery. Nystatin powder decreases the amount of moisture and also acts as an antiyeast agent.
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 1/12/2016
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